Increases to TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments Coming Feb. 1, 2018

Take Command: Increases to TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments Coming Feb. 1, 2018

On Feb. 1, 2018, copayments for prescription drugs at TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery and retail pharmacies will increase. These changes are required by law and affect TRICARE beneficiaries who are not active duty service members.

While retail pharmacy and home delivery copayments will increase, prescriptions filled at military pharmacies remain available at no cost. 

Using home delivery, the copayments for a 90-day supply of generic formulary drugs will increase from $0 to $7. For brand-name formulary drugs, copayments will increase from $20 to $24, and copayments for non-formulary drugs without a medical necessity will increase from $49 to $53.

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National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 UPDATE

The National Defense Authorization Act would be good for those that like to keep up on the lastest news that might affect us

The much-anticipated annual defense authorization bill cleared a House-Senate Conference Committee late last week and includes the following key points of interests for Reservists and National Guard members:

  • Establish a $700 billion defense authorization plan for fiscal 2018
  • 2.4 percent pay raise for all Active/Reserve/National Guard members
  • Boost military end strength by more than 20,000 service members, to include:
    • 8,500 new soldiers (7,500 in active duty, 500 each in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve)
    • 5,000 new sailors (4,000 in active duty, 1,000 in the reserves)
    • 5,800 new airmen (4,100 in active duty, 900 in the Guard, 800 in the Reserve)
    • 1,000 new active-duty Marines
  • Permanent extension of the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, which pays about $300 a month to military widows and widowers to offset other lost benefits (which were set to expire in May 2018)
  • Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will remain untouched for now
  • Adds 90 new joint strike fighters to the military’s fleet and a third new littoral combat ship, but cancels controversial plans for a new “Space Corps” in favor of less ambitious bureaucratic changes within the Defense Department’s space programs.

Lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have maintained for months that a sizable boost in defense spending is needed to keep up with military readiness and modernization shortfalls.

The U.S. House and Senate will still need to approve the conference committee legislation in the coming weeks by an up-or-down vote. The president has stated he will support the legislation.   READ HERE>

Lowe’s new Military Discount Program

Lowes 10% Discount attachment – we need to post it because it is a big change on how Veterans will continue to get their 10% discount.

Lowe’s is proud to offer 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel and veterans. Effective January 5th, 2018, enrollment will be required to continue receiving the military discount. Visit to enroll. Create or log in to your existing MyLowe’s account and follow the on-screen instructions. We want to ensure your experience is simple. If you do not have access to the Internet or would like additional assistance enrolling, please see an associate in store.

Enroll today at

Enroll in the program online. Lowe’s uses a trusted third party to verify eligibility status for online enrollment and may require additional documentation or proof of eligibility. 

New Lowe’s Military Discount Procedure

Log in to set up account CLICK HERE

Local veterans given free cars

A couple of area veterans got a chance to celebrate Veterans Day a little early this year.

Every year of the past five years Progressive Insurance has given away refurbished vehicles. Each car comes with a one-year warranty and six months of insurance. This year Progressive awarded two cars to two local veterans.

“So many veterans get overlooked and something like this it didn’t happen to them it happened to me it’s really for all of them. It shows America does care,” said veteran Keith Edgington.

“My last car has more than 200 thousand miles on it, so having something I know is dependable is going to make everything just so much easier,” said veteran Rachel Keller.

This year Progressive will give away 100 vehicles at its 71 locations across the country. Over the last five years Progressive has given away more than 500 vehicles



Veterans Affairs to Hold Open Houses Nov. 1; Event Kicks Off Nationwide ‘Veterans Month’

The goal is to raise awareness about the VA’s programs and services. Representatives from the VA health care system will be available at all of the sites of care. Employees from the Omaha National Cemetery will be at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Employees from the VA Regional Office will be at the Omaha and Lincoln events. If Veterans are not enrolled, they should bring their DD Form 214 with them. If the Veteran is determined to be eligible.

The open houses will be held at the times and locations below Nov. 1, 2017:
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb.
  • 2 – 5 p.m., VA Clinic, 600 S. 70th St, Lincoln, Neb.
  • 1 – 4 p.m., at the following locations
  • VA Medical Center, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave, Grand Island, Neb.
  • VA Clinic, 600 E. Francis, Ste. 3, North Platte, Neb.
  • VA Clinic, 1118 Burlington St, Holdrege, Neb.
  • VA Clinic, 555 E. John St, O’Neill, Neb